October 23, 2003 Print Edition

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Legislature intervenes in Schiavo case

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-Frantic debate over the removal of a feeding tube from 39-year-old Terri Schiavo had lawmakers from Tampa to Clearwater scurrying Oct. 20 while death by starvation and dehydration appeared likely for the Clearwater woman.

Baptist Union of Iraq launches evangelism & missions initiative

AMMAN, Jordan (BP)–Baptists from across the Middle East gathered in Amman, Jordan, Oct. 10 to take part in a unique commissioning service.

New Orleans trustees vote against ‘sole membership’

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary voted unanimously Oct. 7-8 not to change its articles of incorporation to name the Southern Baptist Convention as its "sole member," making the seminary the lone SBC entity not to do so.


For 32 years Lt. Gen. "Jerry" Boykin has voluntarily placed his life and body between Americans and their enemies. In defending America he has almost been killed numerous times. His arm was almost blown off his body in one battle. From other battles his body still carries metal from mortars and gunshot wounds. His impeccable heroic leadership has made him practically a legend among his peers.


The Acceptance Factor is predicated through clarity, communication, and commitment. Churches cannot follow what they do not understand or accept. The task of an effective leader is to share, share again, and share again. The reiteration of the vision is necessary for the congregation to embrace the work. The pastor has the responsibility within the church of providing direction. The challenge of faith that the pastor renders to the church family must be clearly set in his heart. Time spent in preparation in private is necessary before you take the vision to the public.


Ministers are periodically in the news but rarely for good reasons. Many times, negative clergy coverage is justified.


We've been hearing for years that children raised in single-parent homes are at higher risk of poverty, drug abuse, and getting involved in crime. But for babies, a parent's marital status can literally make the difference between life and death.


Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version verse is encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error.

Naples church intercedes from the heart, for a heart

NAPLES (FBW)-While her family, friends and church family prayed for her through two years of illness and surgery, Janet Hayes of Naples said she felt "a phenomenal peace" surrounding her every step of the way.

Schiavo moved back to hospice, husband reverses ban on family's visits

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 23.

PINELLAS PARK (FBW)-Terri Schiavo was moved back to Woodside Hospice late Oct. 22 where her parents were allowed to visit for the first time since a flurry of legal proceedings Oct. 20-21 had her moved from hospice to hospital and back.

Pastor: ‘Reaching people,’ not renovation, is church’s goal

PENSACOLA (FBW)—A new church building is simply the means to an end. The real goal should be to complete God’s purpose, the Great Commission, according to a Pensacola pastor.

Building conference offers good advice for churches looking to build

MIRAMIR (FBC) — Over the course of its 32 years, First Baptist Church of Miramar "plateaued" with 200 members in attendance. The conviction of Proverbs 29:18 "where there is no vision, the people perish" stirred church leaders to try to exceed their current enrolled membership.

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